DraftKings advice Feb 26: the weekend’s must-pick players who could win you cash

Yes, you. Are you playing the brand new fantasy game you don't need to commit to weekly yet? If not, allow FFT to enlighten…

If you’re not aboard the DraftKings bus yet, you might want a recap of what it’s all about (so head right here).

If you are, or just can’t be bothered wasting precious time reading it, the idea is straightforward. With a $50,000 budget you select 11 players you think will rack up the most points on a given matchday. But to win in DraftKings, you’ll need to outsmart your competition: extra points are awarded for tackles, interceptions and fouls won (among other actions), while goalkeepers earn points for victories.

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You can play via your browser, or the app (available on iOS or Android) – and this weekend there's a $1000 Free Contest and $15k Striker Contest ($3 entry – see the football lobby for all contests). So without further ado…



  • West Ham vs Sunderland (12:45pm)
  • Stoke vs Aston Villa (3pm)
  • Watford vs Bournemouth (3pm)
  • Southampton vs Chelsea (3pm)
  • Leicester vs Norwich (3pm)
  • West Brom vs Crystal Palace (5:30pm)

Not the most tantalising set of Saturday fixtures, we know. So all the more reason to sniff out those lucrative clean sheets (worth 5pts for goalkeepers). In that instance, you’ve got choices: Kasper Schmeichel ($4,300) is the most expensive keep on the market, but Leicester face a Norwich side who’ve lost nine of their last 12 league away games. We’d plump for Stoke’s Jack Butland – slightly cheaper at $4,100 and facing a Villa side that lost 3-0 to its own under-21s side recently.

In defence, Leicester’s Daniel Amartey looks well placed to make his debut at right-back with Danny Simpson suspended. The Ghanaian likes to get forward, and is a snip at $2,500 for this gameweek. West Ham’s Sam Byram costs the same, and could prove a lucrative choice combining his attacking instincts with the Hammers playing Sunderland at home.

In midfield, Villa’s Idrissa Gueye isn’t far behind N’Golo Kante in the defensive midfield stakes, averaging 4 tackles (worth 1pt each) and 4.2 interceptions (0.5pts) per game this season. Thus, these players are cheap additions and good for picking up almost guaranteed boosters to complement your more expensive buys (Riyad Mahrez, for example, is $7,700 this weekend but probably worth the investment).

It’s hard to look past Jamie Vardy ($7,400) up front given the contrasting fortunes of Leicester and Norwich this season, but the injury to Enner Valencia and fitness doubts of Diafra Sakho mean new man Emmanuel Emenike ($3,700) could get a start after netting twice against Blackburn in the FA Cup last weekend. That should free up funds to draft Odion Ighalo ($6,600) or Troy Deeney ($5,500) against Bournemouth.



  • Man United vs Arsenal
  • Tottenham vs Swansea

Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United might be trying their best not to finish in the top four this season, but they can at least dent Arsenal’s title hopes by stopping the Gunners winning at Old Trafford.

In goal the sensible choice seems Spurs’ Hugo Lloris ($4,100), though, plus the north Londoners’ attack-minded full-back pairing of Kieran Tripper (average 11.8pts this season, $3,900) and Danny Rose (average 10.2pts, $4,100), the latter of whom didn't feature against Fiorentina on Thursday night. You’ll almost certainly have to plump for the cheap centre-backs to fit them in, though.

It’s hard to give Swansea much hope given that they’ve lost seven of their nine Premier League games against Spurs. Christian Eriksen has scored three in his last three against the Welsh side, and he’s having a fine fantasy season too: his 15.2 point average makes him ripe for drafting.


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This team is already getting expensive, though, so perhaps consider the likes of Erik Lamela ($5,400) and Jesse Lingard ($4,200). Son Heung-min is likely to start, meanwhile, and thus worth paying only $3,700 for.  

Up front, Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are both injured for Manchester United, but youngster Marcus Rashford netted twice on debut against Midtjylland in the Europa League. He's likely to play again, and at $3,000 he might just be a fine gamble. 

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